Phillies prospect Kyle Drabek one-hit the BeachBoys for six innings as Honolulu topped Waikiki, 4-1, on Sunday. The victory pulled the Sharks within a half-game of the BeachBoys in the East Division.
Drabek (1-1) struck out three and walked one. The Victoria, Texas native didn't allow a runner to get past second base.
"I was hitting my spots with the fastball real well," Drabek said. "That was a real big thing for me."
Marquez Smith smacked a one-out single up the middle in the sixth inning to end Drabek's no-hit bid, but the right-hander induced two consecutive groundball outs to escape the inning unscathed. Drabek also walked Smith in the third.
"I didn't really think about it," said Drabek, who didn't know he hadn't allowed a hit heading into the sixth.
After undergoing Tommy John surgery in July 2007, the Phillies' first-round Draft pick in 2006 was limited to eight appearances across two levels in '08. He posted a 2.25 ERA and an 0-1 record for the Gulf Coast League Phillies and a 2.21 ERA with a 1-2 record for the Willliamsport Crosscutters.
"I got a lot of groundballs, and my fastball location was definitely the best it's been since the surgery."
Drabek, the son of 1990 NL Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek, says pitching for Honolulu has been invaluable.
"Getting in the extra work...that alone means a lot," he said. "I'm really here to work on my fastball location and getting a good routine in. [Honolulu pitching coach] Robert Ellis has really been helping me out a lot."
Michael Tayler (Phillies) went 3-for-4 and hit his second home run in Hawaii for Honolulu (16-15). Darin Halcomb (Rockies) added three hits, including a seventh-inning RBI double to right, and Kala Ka'aihue (Braves) drove in a run.
Waikiki (17-15) was held scoreless until Roger Kieschnick (Giants) launched a solo home run with two outs in the ninth. Kieschnick also singled in the seventh.
James McOwen (Mariners) doubled and Alex Garabedian (Dodgers) and Smith were the only other BeachBoys to collect hits.
Waldis Joaquin (2-3) allowed an unearned run on two hits and five walks while striking out two over five innings to suffer the loss for Waikiki.
Josh Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.